Black Woman Lawyer Strives to Become Visible


A review of Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster, a book about the life of alumna Eunice Carter ’32, was published in Caribbean Life News.

Eunice Hunton was eight years old when she told a little playmate that she wanted to be a lawyer someday. That wasn’t too far-fetched — both her parents were successful, educated activists for “the darker nation” — but it was unlikely, since just a handful of “Negroes” were lawyers in 1907, and even fewer were women.


Her mother believed that raising a family was a woman’s highest achievement but as an adult, Eunice would have none of that. She did her duty, marrying a Harlem dentist and bearing a son, but when faced with the possibility of a lifetime as a socialite, she couldn’t bear the thought. Mindful of her childhood dream, she enrolled at Fordham Law School in the fall of 1927.


“…Eunice,” says Carter, “found the law fascinating.”

Read full review.


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